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Secondary & Higher Education


At HOTA, students experience the arts through immersive and exciting learning experiences where their ideas are encouraged and valued. Our inquiry-based approach provokes curiosity, inspires the imagination, and opens doors to new ways of thinking about the world.

Programs are supported by experienced educators and are tailored to specific year levels and aligned with Australian Curriculum frameworks and subject areas. Our program provides for learners from Prep to Further and Higher Education, across schools, colleges, TAFE, universities and flexible learning sites.



4-6 Mar

Thu 4 Mar, 11am
Fri 5 Mar, 11am
Sat 6 Mar, 7.30pm

A poignantly revealing depiction of the sibling relationship between Kayah, a young man with Down Syndrome and his sister Maitreyah. Expressed through dance, theatre and storytelling Glass Child puts a microscope on their love and how their lives have been affected by other people’s perceptions. It questions how the rest of us behave when we find the difference we inevitably look for and asks us to examine why we search for difference when we share so much in common.

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Tue 23 Mar, 11am & 7.30pm

What is the price of internet fame? Inspired by a number of true events, Viral is a story about Art and Zane, two boys who seek to attain online celebrity in order to become more popular at school (and make some money). But what lengths will they go to, and what lines are they willing to cross? Created here on the Gold Coast, produced internationally and now embarking on a statewide tour, Viral is a powerful investigation of social responsibility in a world of changing technology.

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Tue 27 Apr, 7.30pm

Inspired by the essay by F. Scott Fitzgerald, featuring sizzling quotes from Mae West, Groucho Marx, and Dorothy Parker, and poetry by T.S Eliot, the performance features the irresistible piano music of Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and James P Johnson, and songs by George Gershwin, Ray Henderson and Fats Waller.

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7-10 Jul

Wed 7 Jul, 7.30pm
Thu 8 Jul, 7.30pm
Fri 9 Jul, 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Sat 10 Jul, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

A smash-hit reimagining of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 controversial best-selling novel which tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young, handsome and wealthy investment banker living in epicentre of excess: Manhattan, NYC, during the Wall Street Boom of the late 1980s.

American Psycho – The Musical is a pitch black, social satire about the evil that can be done by a man with privilege and power and just how easy it is to get away with it.

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16-17 Jul

Fri 16 Jul, 7.30pm
Sat 17 Jul, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

A stunning new production of the world’s most popular opera. Caught between her desire for love and a longing for freedom, enigmatic and elusive Carmen faces an impossible choice.  Captivating Don José, he abandons everything to pursue her. But when Carmen finds herself a new lover Don José’s jealousy leads to a gripping finale.

This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain, with vintage-inspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion

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3-4 Sept

Fri 3 Sept, 11am
Fri 3 Sept, 7.30pm
Sat 4 Sept, 7.30pm

Telling the truth, being honest and sharing your story takes guts. Real guts. How do you tell your friend she can’t sleep over anymore? Can you help a parent when she’s lost all hope? How can you strive for independence when the system is working against you? And what if just being honest means you’re out on the street? Stories with heart, honesty and humanity, inspired by real life stories shared by homeless young people.

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Wed 9 Sept, 11am & 7.30pm

Based on the true story of two teenagers’ romance as it blossoms then warps in the heat of bustling Singapore. Blue Bones is a one-woman show told with incredible honesty by Merlynn Tong. Combining multiple characters, kung fu and arcade dance games, the performance is a multi-lingual whirlwind of love and naivety, violence and courage.

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11 & 13 Sept

Sat 11 Sept 2021, 7.30pm
Mon 13 Sept 2021, 11am
Mon 13 Sept 2021, 7.30pm

With soaring aerial stunts, this critically acclaimed work from Australia’s leading physical theatre company Legs On The Wall is a rollicking family tale of love, loss, resilience and hope. Both heart-warming and heartbreaking, the story follows three young kids from the bush, and how two find hope after the loss of one.

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Arts Bus Fund

Arts Bus Fund is an initiative to assist in reducing the cost of bus travel to HOTA. Schools can apply to the fund to receive a one-off subsidy to contribute towards bus travel to see an exhibition, performance or participate in a workshop.

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